Bangladesh: Climate change ground zero

Fighting a losing battle… last month Humayun Kabir watched as his 100-year-old ancestral home was washed away. Boats now sail where his home once stood.

It’s not just the rising oceans with tides that now inundate villages, increased temperatures in the Himalayas mean vastly more melt-water. And then there are the increasing number of of more powerful storms.

The United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change predicts rising sea levels will devour 17 per cent of Bangladesh by 2050, displacing at least 20 million people.

The social, political, and economic implications of that are scary. Where will they go and how will they eat?